Review: ‘Room’ is a Confined Film That Will Open Your Hearts
“Room” is a film that we’ve kept an eye on since we heard about it earlier this year. The plot is both intriguing and sets the stage for an emotional response conveyed through stellar performances. The story of a young mother and her son confined against their will to a small room provides a plethora of reactionary moments that will keep you engaged from start to finish.
Cinematics (Plot, Acting, Cinematography, etc.) – 4.5
Director Lenny Abrahamson takes the story written by Emma Donoghue and brings it to life on screen. While the overall package is a well executed piece of filmmaking, each individual component is what makes this film so enriching.
The story is mostly narrated through the perspective of the young boy named Jack (Jacob Tremblay) which makes the plot so much more creative than if told through the eyes of his mother (Brie Larson). The innocent and imaginative perspective of a child juxtaposed against such a horrible situation creates an environment that will continually tug at your heartstrings. This point of view is further enforced by the use of camera angles, colors, and pace. When the focus is on Jack, the room and world around him seems to have a peaceful stillness to it while the scenes focused on his mother transition quickly almost to present a state of panic. The room itself is also interesting in its presentation. Through Jack’s eyes it is vast and the camera presents it as such through an intelligent use of angles to broaden their environment. Of course when reality sets in, “Ma’s” perspective is shown and the frame becomes more confined. One thing that does remain steady is the drab and cool color tone of the film. This presents a lurking sense of despair despite whatever attempt at happiness is made.
What truly brings this film together is the performance from Brie Larson as well as other cast members. Brie Larson is exceptional in this role and truly shines. I would say it is a safe bet to say that she will at least be nominated for an Oscar in 2016. Jacob Tremblay also gives a stellar performance but I have a feeling that his age (9 years old) will play a part in his lack of recognition despite other young actors gaining recognition in the past (Quvenzhané Wallis). Joan Allen and William H. Macy also have roles as supporting cast members and provide adequate but brief performances, especially Macy. William H. Macy is known to take on smaller roles if he has a certain respect for a film and “Room” seems to definitely fit the bill.
Cinematically, “Room” hits all the right chords and I’m sure that many will agree. It’s a film that receive some serious attention during awards season.
Entertainment Value – 4
I would say this film is like a Lifetime movie that is Oscar worthy. When I say that I mean it entirely in a positive perspective. The drama associated with this film is engaging but unlike some Lifetime movies it’s not too over-the-top making it a lot more relatable and suspenseful.
There was not a moment throughout this film that had me disengaged. If my mind wasn’t overtaken by suspense then it was overtaken by anger, sadness, joy, or whatever other emotion you can think of. “Room” was an emotional rollercoaster that took me on such a ride that I remained completely silent after it had ended.
Rewatchability – 3.5
“Room” is one of those indie style films that you can tell was made with passion. While the dramatic elements of the film may slowly decay over multiple viewings, this film is a reminder of what true filmmaking is about and should be revisited in this time of so many cookie-cutter films.
"Room" is a film with a unique concept and a lasting appeal. This emotionally enriching experience is conveyed through both the story and an exceptional performance from Brie Larson. This is not a film to let slip under your radar.